Slavia Prague footballer, Ondrej Kudela was attacked and beaten in the tunnel’ after accusation that he racially abused Rangers player Glen Kamara during Europa League clash.
Footage from the 87th minute shows Kudela covering his mouth before saying something to Kamara, who immediately reacted with fury while pointing towards his opponent.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said he was “angry and upset” after Kamara told him he was racially abused towards the end of the match.
Do Kamara was not involved at all? See the hidden message and the kickoff? Wonder what was said….. pic.twitter.com/wX8W2AcHS5
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“My player tells me he was racially abused,” Gerrard was quoted saying by BBC Sport. “And the disappointing thing is that their people are trying to defend their player and calling us liars.
“I feel angry. I know Glen and trust him 100%. The Slavia player has caused this and something needs to happen quickly but that is above me. But whatever happens, I stand next to Glen.
“I don’t even feel like talking about football just now. It’s over to UEFA now and I just hope it doesn’t get pushed under the carpet.”
However, Slavia Prague deny Kudela was racist. Per a club statement, Kudela claims he told the Finland international: “You f***ing guy.”
“The club denies the allegations of racism of one of the team captains Ondřej Kúdela,” the statement reads.
“Slavia resolutely denies the disgusting accusation of one of the team captains Ondřej Kúdela of racist behaviour. Already the founders of our club gave us crest where white colour means ‘the purity of the idea of sports and fair contest where the rival is not our enemy, but respected opponent’. Today, Slavia is an international club based on respect for our opponents and mutual respect of all people and cultures.
“After one of the brutal fouls, Ondřej Kúdela spoke to one of the Rangers players. “I told him ‘You f***ing guy’. It was said in emotions, but I absolutely deny there was anything racist in those words,” Kúdela stated.